NATFEN Digital Magaine Edition 18

GENERAL

CLIPPINGS AND MUSINGS MAY 2019 - HELEN DUVAL

B espoke; Personal; Tailored; - all of these words continue to be important to both manufacturers and consumers, particularly with the home improvement market. Additionally, Spring is traditionally the time for upgrades and according to recent reports the ‘don’t move but improve’ trend has been buoyant for the last few years. This sector has apparently grown over the last 5 years from 3% to 15% which translates to around 4 million UK households having made the decision to invest. This sector is confident with predictions that it will continue to see growth as the market is driven by consumers looking to invest rather than move. The market trends look set to be defined by greater performance products, colour and a variety of materials that will make bold statements for consumers. Individualising properties is really gathering momentum as homeowners are ready to invest in their dream properties.

In respect of design, there is no clear front runner when it comes to colour choices for windows, doors or conservatories, Green, Grey, in varying shades, and wood foils appear to still be very popular with specifiers, designers and investors. The retail sector is looking healthy with homeowners looking to invest in quality and being more aware of carbon footprints, they have recognised the value in updating their homes. Which bodes well for the installers out there. ON WITH THE SHOW No doubt with the forthcoming exhibitions and events lining up to show the latest in innovations and benefits of product developments, May was a busy month for many. The Construction Expo took place The Arena in Milton Keynes at the beginning of the month with more than 2000 delegates from across the construction sector attending. Hot topics at the show included Brexit, Foreign Direct Investment, Public and Private Housing, Building Materials and of course Sustainability. Skills and

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